By Charles Curcio, Sports Editor
Sunday, November 24, 2013 —
A face familiar to basketball fans in Stanly County greeted the West Stanly boys’ basketball squad on Thursday night at Northwest Cabarrus.
Eric Jackson, a former basketball standout at both North Stanly and Pfeiffer University, earned his first victory as the head coach of the Trojans’ boys’ basketball team in a win over the Colts.
NW Cabarrus 45
West Stanly 27
Early struggles on offense led the West girls to a 45-27 loss on Thursday night.
Abby Waggoner led the Colts (0-1) with seven points while Shatiya Bost led the Trojans (1-1) and all scorers with 12 points.
West Stanly was 8-of-40 for the game (20 percent) and was shut out in the first quarter, missing on nine shots. Northwest finished the game 18-of-49 from the field (36.7 percent).
At the free-throw line, the Colts fared better than the Trojans. West hit 8-of-15 at the line (53.3 percent) and Northwest was 5-of-14 (35.7 percent).
The Colts (0-1) did not score points until Meredith Summers knocked down a three-pointer at the 6:06 mark of the second period. West trimmed the lead down to 12 with a Courtney Moses three-pointer with 4:14 on the clock, but the Trojans finished with a 9-0 run over the remainder of the period to go up by 21 at halftime.
Northwest went on a 7-0 run in the third quarter before the Colts finished the quarter with a 9-0 run of their own. The fourth quarter was much like the third, with the Trojans posting a 7-0 run and West answering with a 10-2 run to finish out the game.
West Stanly hosts Piedmont in a non-conference game on Tuesday.
WS 0 8 9 10 27
NC 12 17 7 9 45
WS – Waggoner 7, Moses 5, Barbee 5, Chapman 4, Summers 4, McIlwaine 2.
NC – Shatiya Bost 12, Smith 8, Bennett 6, Broome 6, Bryant 6, Shaw 3, Lamburt 2, Wallace 2.
NW Cabarrus 82
West Stanly 35
The Colts took to the floor Thursday night against a team led by a former Stanly County Player of the Year and a member of two conference-champion Pfeiffer teams before spending time as an assistant varsity coach for West Stanly and Cox Mill and the past three seasons as a JV coach at Northwest Cabarrus.
Jackson’s squad responded with a huge second quarter and gave the new coach his first head coaching victory 82-35.
Northwest (1-1) had four players in double figures, with Andrew Wheet and Tyree Cummings leading the way with 15 points each.
B.J. Hill had 19 points and seven rebounds to lead West (0-1).
The Colts battled the Trojans close in the opening period, cutting a 13-4 lead down to five points in the closing minutes with back-to-back baskets from Hill.
Hill scored the next basket in the game, but that did not happened until the 6:46 mark of the third period. Northwest pressed after made baskets in the second quarter and caused a number of turnovers that the Trojans converted into points.
West cut the lead to 24-11 with 4:20 left in the second on a Will Smith free throw, then the Trojans finished the half on a 21-0 run, outscoring the Colts 32-3 in the period and leading 45-11 at halftime.
The Trojans extended the lead in the third despite a 6-0 Colts run midway through the period, with Andrew Wheet scoring his 1,000th career point for Northwest late in the period.
West shot better in the second half, hitting 10-of-25 from the floor after going 3-of-19 in the first half. Northwest was consistent throughout the game, finishing 29-of-58 from the floor for an even 50 percent.
Northwest also shot better than West from the foul line. The Trojans hit 15-of-22 free throws (68.2 percent) while the Colts were 10-of-21 (47.6 percent).
“I am extremely disappointed in the way we played tonight. With the exception of BJ Hill and Will Smith, I thought we were timid, slow, and looked completely unprepared. This is inexcusable for a team with 6 seniors,” West head coach John Thompson said, adding that Northwest Cabarrus is “very talented and well coached.”
WS 8 3 13 11 35
NC 13 32 20 17 82
WS – B.J. Hill 19, Smith 6, Morgan 4, Burgess 1, Long 1, McCormick 1.
NC – Andrew Wheet 15, Tyree Cummings 15, Tyler Conklin 11, Matthew Wheet 10, Farquaharson 9, Murray 8, Caldwell 6, Hathcock 4, Chapman 2, Posey 2.